Weaving and tailoring training for locals in Arusha, Tanzania

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    My name is Justin, the Chairman of the board of directors at a newly registered NGO that seeks to empower our community with handwork skills as well as entrepreneurship education. Our country like in most places in the world is now faced with a growing population without significant economic growth to provide jobs or affordable education resulting in a high number of unskilled youth on the streets with nothing to do. This is where we come in and offer free training along with entrepreneurship skills so as to make it possible for the graduates of our program to either work at our project partners such as Afrikan Wear Design, and others or go employ themselves.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers coming to us will benefit in very many ways such as understanding the local life, getting to see how people from a different side of the world go about their lives. You will also get to learn a new language in Swahili - The most widely spoken African language with over 100 million speakers across East and Central Africa. We also have cultural trips as well as cooking sessions at the house where you can learn how to make Tanzanian dishes just as much as we would love to learn from you. While at the projects you can also learn a new skill that you didn't have like jewelry making.

  • Help


    We believe in the power of empowerment through handcraft skills. As an NGO dedicated to uplifting women in our community in Arusha, Tanzania, we provide training in a variety of traditional handcraft skills, including hand weaving, tailoring, batik printing, and beading. Through these skills, we aim to equip women with the tools they need to support themselves and their families, fostering economic independence and self-sufficiency.

    We welcome Workaway travelers who share our passion for women's empowerment and are eager to contribute their time and skills to our cause. There are several ways in which volunteers can make a meaningful impact at Afrikan Wear Design:

    1. Training Assistance: Volunteers with experience in handcraft skills such as weaving, tailoring, batik printing, or beading can assist in training sessions, providing guidance, support, and encouragement to our participants as they learn and hone their craft. Whether it's demonstrating techniques, offering feedback, or troubleshooting challenges, volunteers play a crucial role in helping women build confidence and proficiency in their chosen skill.

    2. Marketing and Promotion: In addition to hands-on training, volunteers can lend their expertise to help promote Afrikan Wear Design and its products. This may involve creating marketing content such as videos, photographs, and social media posts to showcase our handmade products and tell the stories of the women behind them. Volunteers with skills in videography, photography, graphic design, and social media management are especially valuable in this capacity.

    3. Community Engagement: Volunteers can also assist in community outreach efforts, helping to raise awareness about Afrikan Wear Design and the opportunities we provide for women in the community. This may include organizing events, participating in local markets or fairs, and engaging with potential customers and supporters to spread the word about our mission and impact.

    No matter their skill set or background, every volunteer at Afrikan Wear Design plays a vital role in empowering women and creating positive change in our community. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women in Arusha, one stitch at a time.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We love to teach our guests Swahili and are open to learn new languages.

  • Accommodation


    We have three mixed bunker bedrooms for our workawayers to choose from. Two of the rooms are inside the house and use a shared bathroom and one is just before the house entrance with a private bathroom shared by two people. The rooms have shared huge wardrobes and side tables. All beds in Twill rooms are double-decker and are covered with large four-door mosquito nets from the top to bottom. All beds come with a custom blanket made from leftover fabrics 6X5 feet and a 60X95 inches handwoven blanket.

    We also provide you with three meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the accommodation (The Woven House) while lunch will be served at the project where you will be working from. The project lunch is mostly Tanzania while at the Woven House food will range from local dishes to Western foods.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On weekends you won't be working and this will be the perfect time to go into nature for freshening up. We can organize sightseeing, games safaris, Mountain hikes (like Climbing Kili), cultural tours and beach holidays. We have a car at the project so going around should not be a challenge. You will oly be required to contribute a fuel and food expences while you are on the trip.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We can host digital nomads who can have time to help us with what we are looking for during their spare time. We have a good internet connection and there is a space you can work from within our facility.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 845424963426

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